man swallows girlfriend's nose
A man allegedly bit off his girlfriend's nose as they
sat down for dinner, police said.
The family was having dinner at a house in the 3000
block of North Cincinnati Avenue when
Jody Bennett came out of a back room with a napkin over
her face and said her boyfriend,
Greg Hill, had bitten her nose, Cpl. Larry Edwards said.
Ambulance personnel who were summoned saw that Bennett's
nose was bitten off where it
should have been attached to her face and reportedly
called the police. "We looked around
and tried to find a nose but couldn't find it," Edwards
said. "I think he swallowed it."
An ambulance took Bennett, 37, to St. John Medical
Center, where police already had talked to
emergency room personnel about pumping Hill's stomach
in an attempt to find the nose, Cpl. Shane Tuell said.
"They said, given the acid in the stomach, that it would
be a futile effort to try and do that," Tuell said.
The nose is made primarily of cartilage and other soft
tissues that stomach acid can dissolve quickly.
After police arrived, they had to use pepper spray
on Hill, 45, while trying to arrest him, Edwards said.
Hill denied having bitten off Bennett's nose, Detective
Demita Kinard said. Before police took him to jail,
Hill sat handcuffed under a porch light while firefighters
cleaned orange pepper spray and blood off his face.
He was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of
aggravated assault and battery, resisting arrest
and destroying evidence. If Bennett cooperates
with Hill's prosecution after a criminal charge is filed,
she could receive help from domestic violence groups
to recover from her injury, Tuell said.